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What Photo Jackets/Clothing do people use?

 
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Jan 29, 2018 15:02 |  #1

I have been looking for a decent Jacket/Vest to use when out & about photographing wildlife/birds etc.

The best I have found, is the Stealth Gear Exteme series, but sadly no longer produced.

Anyone got one for sale, or views on what else they would recommend?

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Jan 30, 2018 21:25 |  #2

I've never been a fan of photo vests/jackets. They sound good on paper, but I've yet to find one that didn't just feel awkward once you loaded it up (at least with what I would typically take for wildlife). There's also the question of what to do when it's too hot to want to wear the vest/jacket or so cold that you need something heavier. Any vest that fits over my heaviest cold weather gear is going to be way to big to wear on its own in the summer. I prefer to keep my carrying systems independent of my clothing. Dress for the weather first, then select what bags or packs to take based on my immediate needs. I like to use my Gura Gear Bataflae 32 when I'm not traveling far from my vehicle, and when going farther afield I use a Kinesis long lens case with belt and harness (and other lens cases on the belt as needed).




  
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Jan 30, 2018 23:56 |  #3

I picked up an Orvis insulated canvas jacket at Costco this fall that has two enormous pockets -- big enough to hold a 100-400 in one and 70-200 in the other. It's been working very nicely for me when shooting motorsports.


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Jan 31, 2018 00:03 |  #4

This is what I go to first: https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17860413


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Feb 01, 2018 14:50 |  #5

Domke photo vest. It seemed costly. So I waited a long time. That was about 20 years ago....still looks like new

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Feb 16, 2018 15:45 |  #6

I have no photography specific clothing, but I usually wear a windbreaker or jacket with pockets that zip to safely store lens caps, filters, or small lenses.


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Feb 17, 2018 11:08 |  #7

Thanks guys. - I have now managed to buy a 'nearly new' Stealth Gear Extreme Jacket with removable sleeves!

What a brilliant piece of kit and really impressed with it (weight does not bother me), so now looking for the matching trousers.


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Feb 17, 2018 12:13 |  #8

Cargo pants. Lots of pockets and comfortable to wear.




  
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Mar 26, 2018 09:57 |  #9

2mnycars wrote in post #18554194 (external link)
Domke photo vest. It seemed costly. So I waited a long time. That was about 20 years ago....still looks like new

DaveL


I waited too, and I love mine. It's a shame they no longer sell them. I really haven't seen anything comparable in all aspects. Billingham has one, for upteen $$.


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Mar 26, 2018 10:23 |  #10

I agree with ShadowHillsPhoto. I had one of those vests but found it impractical to use in the field. Most of the time it was too hot for it. There is also the problem of bashing or crushing something valuable in the vest as you go through the usual contortions of shooting wildlife (my favorite subjects).

Eventually I listed my vest for sale. Nobody wanted it, so it went into the garbage.


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Apr 03, 2018 22:31 |  #11

During warm weather, I wear Columbia Silver Ridge Vest and during cold weather, I wear Promaster photographer's vest. I really like them both.



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Apr 07, 2018 06:54 |  #12

Thanks everyone for your comments.

I have now been using the 'stealth gear' extreme jacket and trousers for a couple of months and have found it to be brilliant for my needs (currently cold weather and trekking through undergrowth, or sitting in a hide for hours).

As temperatures are now rising, I have been able to open the vents in the trousers and jacket when needed and also remove the jacket sleeves and remain comfortable.

However, as it gets even warmer, it will be too hot to wear, so have purchased a (second-hand) 'billingham' vest for summer use.

I usually carry all my gear in a Lowepro 300 Vortex and leave it in the car when I get to a venue and just carry required lenses/hide/etc to the subject location.


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